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The paths of different birds look like double helixes, flowing strands of hair, and migrating serpents, and they beckon with calls that have definite meanings. These mysterious creatures inspire growing numbers of birders in their passionate pursuit of new species, and writer John R. Nelson is no exception. In Flight Calls, he takes readers on explorations to watch, hear, and know Massachusetts's hummingbirds, hawks, and herons along the coasts and in the woodlands, meadows, and marshes of Cape Ann, Cape Cod, the Great Marsh, Mount Auburn Cemetery, the Quabbin wilderness, Mount Wachusett, and elsewhere.

With style, humor, and a sense of wonder, Nelson blends his field adventures with a history of the birding community; natural and cultural history; bird stories from authors such as Henry David Thoreau, Emily Dickinson, and Mary Oliver; current scientific research; and observations about the fascinating habits of birds and their admirers. These essays are capped off with a plea for bird conservation, in Massachusetts and beyond.

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  1. About the Series, Title, Copyright, Dedication
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  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. 1. Flight Calls: An Introduction
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  1. 2. Birding a Patch
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  1. 3. Whip-poor-will Synchronicity
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  1. 4. Birds of the Promised Land
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  1. 5. Watching Gulls with Emerson on Cape Tragabigzanda
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  1. 6. Birding on Two Wheels
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  1. 7. On a Street with No Name: A Rant
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  1. 8. The Birding John Nelsons
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  1. 9. Twitcher’s Temptation
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  1. 10. Rarity Envy
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  1. 11. Sympathy: Birds in Nineteenth-Century Massachusetts Literature
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  1. 12. For Birds and People: The Brookline Bird Club
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  1. 13. Mr. Forbush and Mr. White
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  1. 14. The Great Marsh: Shorebird Swarms and Swallow Waves
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  1. 15. Sauntering through a Graveyard Garden
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  1. 16. Death and the Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
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  1. 17. Cape Cod: Following Footprints and Bird Tracks in Sand
  2. pp. 208-226
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  1. 18. Ravens’ Home: West from My Patch
  2. pp. 227-244
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  1. 19. Convalescence
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  1. 20. Further Adventures in Four-Legged Birding
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  1. 21. Geezer Birding
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  1. 22. Our Birds
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  1. 23. Territories
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  1. 24. The Birds after Us
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  1. References
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  1. Recommended Reading List
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 319-327
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  1. About the Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781613767122
Related ISBN
9781625344694
MARC Record
OCLC
1122161236
Pages
342
Launched on MUSE
2019-10-07
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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